A person who spent time at the lake on sunday afternoon found barrel, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Homicide Lieutenant Ray Spencer. The man could see remains in trunk because it was rusted.
Investigators believe that body be it of 1980s murder victim based on in items pulled out of the barrel, Spencer says.
“The lake has dried up a lot. over in last 15 years,” Spencer said, noting that “we will probably find additional bodies that were abandoned in Lake Mead” when the water level drops more.
“The barrel was probably dropped hundreds of yards off shore back then,” Spencer said, “but this area is now considered a coastline.”
Homicide investigators plan to hold consultations with scientists at the university of Nevada Las Vegas to determine rate of corrosion is consistent with barrel in freshwater for So long.
body had an autopsy Monday morning, Spencer says. Opening results not yet available Monday noon, according to the Clark County Coroner. office.
About 25 million people in Arizona, Nevada, California and Mexico rely on The water of Lake Mead that was flowing out in anxious rate against the backdrop of a mega-drought caused by climate change.
As of On Monday, the water level in the lake was about 1054 feet above sea level – about 160 feet. below his 2000 level when he was last deliberate full. this is the lowest level on record for tank as it was filled in 1930s.
In August the federal government announced an unprecedented water shortage on the Colorado River that feeds the reservoir. That triggered reduction in water consumption for states in southwest start in January.
Low water level in the lake last week also unprotected one of reservoir original water intake valves for in first time. valve was in service since 1971, but it can no longer take water, according to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, an agency responsible for water resources management for 2.2 million people in southern Nevada, including Las Vegas.
upstream on Colorado River, water level in Lake Powell – second- the largest reservoir – is also fell sharply and recently fell below a threshold which threatens not only the water supply of the downstream, but also also hydropower for surrounding communities.
Severe drought in the west already suffered greatly from this year, with about 91% of in region in some level of drought, according to the US Drought Monitor. Extreme and exceptional drought, two of the worst designations, has spread to New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado – all of the states that make up of basin of the Colorado River.
Stephanie Elam of CNN contributed to this. story.